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Kyenjojo Woman MP Elect Roots for Free Education, Equipping Hospitals

Faith Kunihira notes that Universal Primary Education – UPE and Universal Secondary Education – USE is not achieving the intended objectives as most of the schools have since put a fee payable by all learners with an excuse that they are underfunded.
Dr Faith Kunihira says regional referral hospitals must be fully equipped and operating at full capacity.

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The newly elected Kyenjojo district Woman Member of Parliament - MP, Dr Faith Kunihira, says she will push for the financing of regional referral hospitals to ensure they are fully equipped. 

Kunihira, a National Resistance Movement – NRM candidate, defeated three opponents including the incumbent Woman MP Spellanza Baguma.   The newly elected Kyenjojo district Woman Member of Parliament - MP, Dr Faith Kunihira, says she will push for free primary and secondary education.

She also notes that Universal Primary Education – UPE and Universal Secondary Education – USE is not achieving the intended objectives as most of the schools have since put a fee payable by all learners with an excuse that they are underfunded.   

After he was declared winner, President Yoweri Museveni noted that the free education programmes had been monetized and promised to reverse the trend, though he was not clear on how he intended to achieve it.

But Kuhinira also says monetizing UPE and USE has forced some learners to drop out of schools countrywide yet the programmes were meant to enable free access to education.

She says during the budgeting process, she wants more funds to be allocated to schools, and will also encourage parents to participate in the education of their children.   

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On health, Kunihira notes that most of the regional referral hospitals are ill-equipped, giving an example of Fort Portal regional referral hospital, which serves over eight districts but lacks a functional x-ray machine and a CT scan among other vital equipment.   

Kunihira says this makes it hard for patients to access quality health care services. 

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In 2000, Kunihira started the Bringing Hope to the Family organization that she has been heading since. She started it to extend help to HIV/Aids patients in Kyenjojo, taking care of orphans and extending social services to the district in general.

Currently, she is taking care of 265 HIV positive children on top of paying fees for dozens of learners in different primary and secondary schools and universities. 

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Jolly Kobugabe, a resident of Kaihura parish, says she is confident their Woman MP-elect will deliver to their expectations.   

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Christopher Murangira, a resident of Butiiti Sub-County, adds that they voted Kunihira because she is a hardworking woman and they hope she will make Kyenjojo a better district.   

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